Money Management: Staying on a Budget and Saving

how to stay on budget

Are you tired of the back and forth battle you face with yourself on why you can’t stay in your budget or why you can’t save your money? This question is applicable to so many individuals, so if this is you, don’t worry, you’re not alone!

Staying on a budget or saving money can be easy for some and not so much for others. The reason for this is simply due to not committing to your budget, not having enough money to save, or spending the money you could have saved on things that you don’t really need.

Here are a couple of tips that can help you manage your money:


  1. Create a chart with your monthly expenses.

By creating a chart with all your expenses such as rent, mortgage, car payments, insurance, etc. You can calculate exactly how much money you will need to spend every month for the main bills, and you will be able to see how much money you have left over for the month. If you have a good amount of money left over, split it and put some of it in your savings account and the remaining amount you can keep for personal spending.

  1. Don’t eat out as much, limit yourself to one or two meals at a restaurant a week.

You would be surprised how much of a change you will see in your bank account when you stop going out to eat every day. Those 10 – 15 dollar meals add up and take a pretty big chunk of your paycheck every month. Instead, make your meals at home and take lunch to work. All that money that you would’ve spent going out to eat can now be saved instead.

  1. Before buying something, ask yourself if you absolutely need it. If not, don’t get it. It is okay to treat yourself but know when to stop.

This is one of the hardest things when it comes to saving money and staying on budget. If you are someone that loves treating themselves, whether that is with food, clothes, concert tickets. Etc, think about what you are buying and if you really need it. Most of the time the answer to that is no. This does not mean completely stop spending your money on the things you love; it just means slowing it down. You’ll thank yourself later when you start seeing your bank account get better.

Bottom line

Having a budget and being able to save your money will all be up to you. The financial choices you make will determine the outcome of your budget and how much you end up saving. So, with that being said, make responsible choices when making purchases and you will be a-okay!